Your home is one of the biggest financial investments that you will ever make. It is exciting to be a homeowner, but also a huge responsibility. The integrity of your home decides the home’s value and the safety it can provide for you and your family. Keeping up regular maintenance and keeping up with exterior home repairs can help ensure that you catch and fix potential problems before they cost you heavily in repairs.
Common Exterior Home Repairs
Keeping up with regular exterior home repairs is one of the most important aspects of protecting your home. The exterior of your house is forced to endure the worst of mother nature. In order to help you protect your greatest asset, we have compiled some ways to help you protect your home.
Exterior Home Repairs You Can Do On Your Own
Trim back trees, bushes, and other plant life so their branches to not reach your home. Vegetation can be a beautiful addition to any home, but they can also put it at risk if you fall behind on keeping them in line. Tree branches that reach to close to your home’s roof can cause major damages to the shingles and to the roof in general during a storm, heavy wind, or if the tree dies and becomes weakened.
Roots, limbs, and vines from shrubs or other plants can wreak havoc on your home’s siding. It is important to keep them trimmed back so that there are at least two feet of space between your home and the plants. This can also aid in keeping animals that call the bushes home from moving on in with you.
Keep your front and back porch, and the siding of your home, protected with a fresh coat of paint. Painting over your deck, porch, and the siding of your home will prevent them from weathering, and help maintain the integrity of your home. The paint will help seal the wood on your porch, will prevent it from splintering and harming you or your family.
A fresh coat of paint can also help seal up the material of your siding and your front and back porch from moisture, which will help prevent water damage. Water damage can greatly impact the integrity of your home by weakening the materials. If this happens, the materials may need to be repaired or replaced, which can cause financial strain.
(Note, you can also contact any home improvement company to aid you in the painting of your home if you feel that the job may be too difficult for you.)
Perform regular maintenance and inspection of your roof. Your roof is probably the biggest financial investment in your home. It is in charge of keeping your family safe from the elements, providing insulation for your home, and helping detour water away from the interior. Your roof is vulnerable to storm, wind, and hail damage which is why it is important to do an inspection after every storm and every fall and spring. You should keep a lookout for missing or broken shingles, dark spots on the roof which can point to there being a leak, signs of mold or mildew growing on the roof, flashings being dented, and the health of the soffit and the fascia.
If you notice a problem with your roof, it is advised that you seek help from a professional roofer to help repair damages, and maintain the health of your roof. This will prevent an early roof replacement. Also, a professional roofing company will be able to help you with the inspection as well.
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Keep your doors clean. You can accomplish this by making sure to wash them regularly. Don’t use chemicals that are too abrasive. Your shampoo is a great (and admittedly odd) resource to use to clean your door. This will help you notice if there are any small holes or cracks on your door and avoid from warping the material. If you ever notice pooling water near or around your door, this is a sign of a leak and you should call a roofing contractor to check the status of your soffit and fascia.
Perform regular maintenance on gutters, paying special attention to removing any debris that may be clogging up the pipes. Clogged pipes and gutter lines can cause water to pool up and leak onto your roof or porch. It can also cause sagging of the gutters, which can warp the metal. It is important to regularly clean your gutters, especially during the fall or after a storm to ensure that you will not have to do a gutter replacement, which can be costly.
Maintenance That is Better Left To A Professional
Don’t allow cracks in the concrete or driveway of your home to linger for too long. The changing of seasons can cause problems for your driveway and concrete walkways. When water gets trapped into absorbed into the concrete and then freezes, it causes cracks to form in the concrete. This can then be a breeding ground for bugs or even an unintended invitation for weeds to make their home in the cracks. When this happens, the cracks grow larger as the plant’s roots pick apart the concrete as the plant grows.
Cracks can also create a hazardous environment for you, your family, or guests who can easily trip over larger cracks. It is important to get the smaller cracks as soon as you notice them to avoid more costly fixes as the cracks continue to grow bigger.
Inspecting the integrity of your fence. Your fence not only provides protection and privacy for your back yard but also makes it harder for burglars or animals from breaking into your backyard or home. Make sure you replace broken or split boards, to help maintain the strength of your fence. Also, painting it regularly will help avoid cracks and seal the material up from moisture, protecting it from water damage.
If you have an electric fence or gate, it is advised you seek out professional help when trying to replace broken parts, so you can avoid electrocution.
At Eclat Roofing, we are dedicated to helping protect your home with our variety of roofing services. If you feel that the exterior of your home may be in jeopardy because of a faulty, leaky, or old roof, call us today at (214) 373-1500 to speak with a representative.
Commonly Asked Questions About Exterior Home Repairs
Can I hire someone to perform a deck repair for me, or do I have to do it on my own?
You can hire a Home Improvement Contractor or Specialist to help you repair any broken boards or even repaint your deck. You never have to do anything alone.
How can I keep my mobile home safe from damages?
A mobile home is pretty much the same as a regular home in terms of upkeep. Make sure that there is no denting in the materials used on the siding, as well as ensure any deck that you may have is well maintained and shows no signs of wear. Keeping plants at least two feet away from your living space will help cut down on damages caused by storms and ensure that pests don’t invade your home.
What are some other things I should consider when thinking about home repairs?
Make sure that the stucco, the fine plaster used for molding in architecture, is free of cracks and or large blisters. Keep your windows clean and use that time to inspect frames and sashings of damage.